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Poems of the American Empire argues that careful attention to a particular strain of twentieth-century lyric poetry yields a counter-history of American global power. The period that Phillis covers—from Ezra Pound’s A Draft of XXX Cantos in 1930 to Cathy Park Hong’s Engine Empire in 2012—roughly matches what some consider the ascent and decline of the American empire. The diverse poems that appear in this book are united by their use of epic forms in the lyric poem, a combination that violates a fundamental framework of both genres’ relationship to time.

This book makes a groundbreaking intervention by insisting that lyric time is key to understanding the genre. These poems demonstrate the lyric form’s ability to represent the totality of history, making American imperial power visible in its fullness. Neither strictly an empty celebration of American exceptionalism nor a catalog of atrocities, Poems of the American Empire allows us to see both.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Poems of the American Empire
  1. Introduction: Poems Including History
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. We Are All Pound Now: The Cantos and the Shape of the Economy
  2. pp. 21-52
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  1. 2. The All-Over Poem: William Carlos Williams's Egalitarian Aesthetics
  2. pp. 53-85
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  1. 3. Dido's Secret: The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Limitsof Lyric
  2. pp. 86-117
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  1. 4. The New Stone Age: Contemporary Poets on the Beginning of the American Empire
  2. pp. 118-147
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  1. Coda: In Search of Lost Causes: Toward a Lyric Interpretation of History
  2. pp. 148-160
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-182
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 183-192
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 193-196
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609386627
Related ISBN
9781609386610
MARC Record
OCLC
1098229726
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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